• Colin Huntley

We've Overcome Bigger Things (Most Powerful Quotes of History)

There is no function of humanity more powerful than speech, the ability to think and articulate clearly and powerfully. Throughout history, when tragedy and injustice struck, we have seen the words of articulate men and women inspire the best in people in ways that mere rationality and science could not. Science is powerful, but speech is power itself.

A hopeful human being is unstoppable beyond measure. A hopeful human being is incomparably creative and innovative. He/She is able and competent in the most dire and complicated of situations. An inspired and hopeful individual holds a transcendent power to rise above. Nothing inspires these qualities in the masses like powerful speech and written word.

In an effort to inspire, I have comprised a list of some of the most powerful quotes of history that were the impetus for change, perseverance, and overcoming, as well as some personal favorites. I believe these mantras maintain universal and timeless truths that we can rely upon today, tomorrow, and forever.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and without flavor." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle

"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom." - Marilyn Ferguson

"We suffer more in imagination than in reality" - Seneca

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present" - Marcus Aurelius

"Fear is a friend who's misunderstood" - John Mayer

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." - Mark Twain

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." - Yoda

"Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside of our control, the less control we have." - Epictetus

"Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers." - Albert Einstein

A common theme amongst all of these quotes from some of the greatest thinkers and leaders of history is this: Mankind is made to conquer hardship. This Coronavirus might be novel, but what isn't novel is the temptation to resort to anger, bitterness, and resentment as a byproduct of fear, and the treasure awaiting those who resist this temptation. Fear is meant to be mastered.

When every man, woman, and child on Earth is under threat by a common enemy, we have an unprecedented opportunity to work together, to be on the same team for once, all of us. May this virus be the impetus for brother and sisterhood globally. May it renew our faith in one another. May we remember just how much we have overcome as a human race, and resort not to fear, but to courage. May we dance with fear so to show it how little power it has over us.

I believe in us. We've overcome bigger things.